Yesterday we reported on the news that, despite his boasts, Republican presidential-wannabe Newt Gingrich’s 1.3 million Twitter followers are mostly inactive or fake (a lot of them were generated by Twitter’s much-derided Suggested User List, in which Gingrich is a recommendation), and many of them have been paid-for.
In this telling infographic, New York search startup PeekYou have taken a closer look at the Twitter profiles of Gingrich and other major Republican candidates to determine how many of their followers are real, bonafide human beings, how many are not, and how this places them in the race to be the GOP presidential nominee.
Amazingly, PeekYou determined that just 8% of Gingrich’s Twitter followers are real people. The rest are made up of bots, business accounts and spammers. This means that his 1,325,839 followers actually represents just 106,067 potential voters.
The GOP as a whole performs pretty poorly in the analysis, but it’s not all bad news for Newt, as only Sarah Palin commands the attention of more voters than him. Of course, that’s bad news for everybody else.
I’d love to see PeekYou take a look at how well Democrats represent on Twitter, if only for balance. I bet that at least half of President Obama’s 9,434,260 followers are pretty suspect, too. Probably more. And this isn’t about politics – the same is likely to be true for everybody else with millions of followers who was given a leg-up by Twitter.
Ah, the Suggested User List – it giveth, and it taketh away. You’ll have to forgive me, but I find that incredibly satisfying.
(Hat tip: Mashable.)